20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best of Rare Earthby Rare Earth
Rare Earth's edition of the 20th Century Masters series is a near-definitive collection of their singles for Motown. Over the course of seven tracks, all the group's biggest hits -- "Get Ready," "(I Know) I'm Losing You," "Born to Wander," "I Just Want to Celebrate," "Hey Big Brother," and "What'd I Say" -- are included, all in their original album versions. This means "(I Know) I'm Losing You" runs over ten minutes, "Ma" over 17, and "Get Ready" a shattering 21-plus minutes. This is means that it's for the serious casual fan, since these extended versions certainly demand patience. Still, this gives a good idea of what Rare Earth was about, and that makes it a first-rate compilation.
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Performance CreditsRare Earth Primary Artist
Gil Bridges Flute,Percussion,Saxophone,Vocals
Eddie Guzman Percussion,Conga
Kenny James Organ,Keyboards
Ray Monette Guitar,Vocals
Rod Richards Guitar,Vocals
John Persh Bass,Trombone,Vocals
Michael Urso Bass,Vocals
Mark Olson Keyboards,Vocals
Technical CreditsRay Charles Composer
Rare Earth Producer
Tom Baird Producer
Tony Green Liner Notes
Norman Whitfield Producer
Vartan Art Direction
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Warning---WahWah pedal in use! And you young whippersnappers think Dave Matthews invented the endless concert jam! How is "I Just Want to Celebrate" not the Best. Song.Ever.
From the beginning of ''Celebrate'', to the Wall of Sound that has become their trademark, this compilation never fails to put a smile on your face while heading down the highway. Windows open, stereo at full level, this collection and the quality of the remastering sends chills down the spine of anyone born betyween 1960 and 1990.